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Work Connects Us All

January 18, 2012

The AFL-CIO has launched a new website to help a new generation of workers understand how we are all connected by what we do and how we work. Check it out at And see the new TV ad here. See if you can spot the coal miner!

National Labor College’s Investor Education Project

December 13, 2011

The National Labor College, located in Silver Spring, MD, has launched new webpages containing information to teach knowledge and skills you can use to build financial success.  Click here to learn about mutual funds, stocks, and how to balance them.  Click here to find out how to invest for your family's important moments and watch "how-to" videos about investing.  Click here to download the National Labor College's manual, Introduction to Successful Investing.


May 9, 2011

The UMWA District 20 office has set up a special fund for contributions to help UMWA members and their families who lost their homes and all their possessions in the terrible tornadoes that flattened the Alabama coalfields.  All donations should be earmarked "UMWA District 20 Miners Aid Fund" and sent to:



275 Forest Road, Suite 100

Hueytown, AL 35023-1615

If you are a District 20 member in need, call the District office at 205-744-9853 and let them know what your specific needs are.

CAN'T SCARE ME, the Story of Mother Jones

May 5, 2011

The UMWA is sponsoring performances of a one-woman play titled Can’t Scare Me: The Story of Mother Jones, written and performed by Obie-award winning actress Kauilani Lee. The Washington Post critic Jane Horowitz wrote of the performance, “Lee makes the early miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes feel real and immediate, especially the murderous violence unleashed against unionized workers in the early 20th century.” 

"CAN'T SCARE ME, The Story of Mother Jones,” tells the moving story of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and her activism to help organize a broad spectrum of American workers in the early 20th century. Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, who transforms into the legendary labor activist, the drama illustrates Mother Jones’ fight for children and workers’ rights across the United States. The performance incorporates the loss of Jone...s’ husband and children from yellow fever; the great Chicago fire, out of which she emerged with her own fire to help organize the unorganized; the famous Children’s March to protest child labor; and the coal mine wars of southern Colorado and West Virginia. 

May 10 - Denver - Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center -

May 13 - Pueblo - El Pueblo History Museum - (719) 583-0453

May 15 - Colorado Springs - THEATREWORKS -


May 17 - Trinidad - Trinidad Junior High School - (303) 425-7110

For more information go to

UMWA officers inaugurated in Morgantown

October 13, 2010

The new international leadership of the UMWA was sworn into office at a ceremony in Morgantown, W. Va., on Oct. 7.

International President Cecil E. Roberts, International Secretary Treasurer Daniel J. Kane, three International At-Large Vice Presidents, six International District Vice Presidents and three International Auditor/Tellers received the oath of office at the event. They will serve a five-year term beginning Dec. 22, 2009.

The International officers are:

International President:                           Cecil E. Roberts
International Secretary-Treasurer             Daniel J. Kane
At-Large International Vice President         Don Barnett
At-Large International Vice President         Donnie Samms
At-Large International Vice President         James Gibbs
International District 2 Vice President         Ed Yankovich
International District 12 Vice President       Steve Earle
International District 17 Vice President       Joe Carter
International District 20 Vice President       Daryl Dewberry
International District 22 Vice President       Mike Dalpiaz
International District 31 Vice President       Mike Caputo
International Auditor/Teller (Canada)         Bob Burchell
International Auditor/Teller (East)              Jerry Stallard
International Auditor/Teller (West )            Roy Fernandez

Roberts taking the oath of officeSurrounded by friends and family, President Roberts takes the oath of office, administered by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka.

Kane oathSecretary-Treasurer Kane is sworn in with his family at his side.

IEBThe UMWA International officers.

CER speechPresident Roberts delivers his inaugural address.

A UMWA Treasure

October 6, 2010

Click here to view an inspiring oral history of 91-year old UMWA member Earl Brown, former Secretary-Treasurer of District 20.  Mr. Brown describes what life was like for coal miners and African-Americans in the last seventy years.  As the first African-American union officer in Alabama, his story is one of strength, determination and overcoming much to represent the members of our union. 

Pittsburgh runs on union coal!

September 9, 2010

The UMWA's large contingent at the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh was joined by marchers from America's Power on Sept. 6 and talked about Clean Coal technology.

Click here to check out the video.

Standing up for mine safety in Richmond

May 19, 2010

On May 17 and 18, over 1,000 UMWA members, family members and supporters converged on Richmond, Va., the home of Massey Energy and site of the company's annual shareholder meeting. The issue: the tragic and continuing record of fatalities at Massey operations.

First up, a candlelight vigil remembering the 52 people killed on Massey property since 2000, including the 29 killed at the Upper Big Branch mine on April 5, 2010. As the names of the dead were read by Pres. Roberts, a miner turned out a cap light on their hard hat.

Photos below:


Candles at candlight vigil

Lighting the candles.

Miners walking

Miners with cap lamps approaching the ceremony.

Arlene Holt-Baker

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt-Baker attended and raised her candle in memory to all those killed at Massey operations and in workplaces across America -- 14 every day.

Cecil Roberts at vigil

President Roberts read the names of the 52 people killed on Massey Energy property since 2000.

No change to health benefits for UMWA members, retirees after passage of health care bill

March 31, 2010

The passage of the health care bill by Congress in March "will not reduce or change any of the current health care benefits UMWA active members, retirees and their families receive," UMWA President Roberts said.

“And it will not mean a tax increase for UMWA members or their families, now or in the future," Roberts said. "Any excise taxes that our members’ benefits may be subject to won't become effective until 2018. If some portion of those benefits were to be subject to that tax at that time, it would be paid by the insurance providers, not individuals members.”

Click here to see for yourself what the health care bill will do.

Follow the UMWA on Facebook and Twitter

October 10, 2009

Connecting with friends and family on Facebook? Are you "tweeting" on Twitter?

If so, you can follow the UMWA. Click here to join the UMWA Facebook page, and click here to follow the UMWA on Twitter.

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